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Kayla Dimick

C&G Staff Reporter – Southfield Sun


Staff Writer Kayla Dimick covers Southfield, Lathrup Village and Southfield Public Schools. Kayla has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2014 and attended Oakland University and St. Clair County Community College.

Published October 29, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Some companies like to donate money to universities. Others donate trucks.

In an Oct. 8 ceremony, Westport, a natural gas engine and vehicle engineering company,  donated a bi-fuel Ford F-250 truck that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas to Lawrence Technological University.

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Published October 22, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — A woman home alone heard a noise around 9 a.m. Oct. 12 that she thought was an animal on the west side of her home in the 17000 block of Mount Vernon.

A few moments later, the doorbell rang. The woman told police that she did not ask who it was or announce in any way that she was home. When the doorbell rang a second time, she remained silent.

After the ringing stopped, the woman told police, she attempted to go back to sleep. Soon afterward, she heard another noise near the back of the home and got out of bed to investigate. 

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Published October 22, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Hops, lagers, malts, porters, meads, ales, ciders — to beer lovers, those words are life.

Southfield Parks and Recreation Department brewed up some fun at the Brew at the Burgh event, held at the Burgh Historical Park, located on the northeast corner of Civic Center Drive and Berg Road, Oct. 16.

Under a tent on the lawn of the Burgh, the Halloween-themed event featured 12 craft beer varieties to sample, as well as wings from Wing*Stop of Southfield, hot dogs, brats and nachos.

A DJ and a dance floor were available for attendees to enjoy.

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Published October 22, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — After halving infant mortality rates in Oakland County’s African-American community, the county is being recognized by the Michigan Association of Local Public Health Associations and was given the 2014 Public Health Community Achievement Award.

According to a statement by the county, from 2000-02, the death rate among African-American infants was 21 per 1,000 live births in Oakland County. This figure was reported as four times higher than the Caucasian infant death rate of the same period.

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Published October 22, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — You don’t need to be on HGTV to have your yard recognized for its beauty.

On Oct. 6, the City of Southfield recognized over 50 homes, apartment complexes and condominiums for beautification efforts at the annual Community Pride Awards program.

Sponsored by Southfield’s Neighborhood and Information Center, a division of Community Relations, and the Southfield Parks and Garden Club, the awards granted all winners certificates of recognition, DVDs of the program and lawn signs heralding their awards.

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Published October 21, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — In conjunction with the Michigan Department of Human Services, the Southfield Human Services department now acts as a site for a new mobile outreach program.

The program, which runs 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, will serve residents in ZIP codes 48033 and 48034. It is located at the Burgh Historical Park, 26080 Berg Road.

A DHS mobile caseworker from Walled Lake will be available to answer questions and help low-income residents access and qualify for state benefits and services, including Medicaid, food, cash assistance, and other types of assistance.

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Metro Detroit residents were taken on a whirlwind weekend trip around the world at the International Festival Oct. 10-12 in the Southfield Pavillion.

The festival, which has been running for about 90 years, is designed to educate patrons about different cultures through performances, food and art.

To kick off the weekend, around 100 immigrants were sworn-in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg couldn’t listen to the screams anymore.

As the 12-year director of Camp Simcha, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders in the New York Catskill Mountains, Goldberg walked in on a child being held down by nurses in the infirmary.

“It was such an horrific scream. It was continuative,” Goldberg said. “I yelled out, ‘Wait!’ and everybody stopped. I had no clue what I would say next.”

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Everybody likes Halloween to be a little scary, but not when it comes to their safety.

The Southfield Emergency Management Division will offer Halloween candy screening at the Southfield Sports Arena, 26000 Evergreen Road 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Hours for trick-or-treating in Southfield are 6-8 p.m.

Emergency Manager Bill Johns said the purpose of the screening is to make sure there are no metal or foreign objects in residents’ candy.

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Police are trying to track down a suspect who stole two cellphones Sept. 30.

A male victim told police he had two cellphones for sale on Craiglist and set up a time and place to meet a person interested in buying the phones.

When the suspect arrived at a fast food restaurant in the 24000 block of West 12 Mile, he approached the victim and said he was there for the phones, which the victim had laid out on a table in front of him. 

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  In order to keep the pedestrian plazas in Southfield and Oak Park a safe way to travel over I-696, the Michigan Department of Transportation has ordered repairs.

On Sept. 20, MDOT held a meeting at Oak Park City Hall to educate the public about MDOT’s plans and why repairs are necessary. 

“They’re very safe, but work needs done to keep them that way and preserve them,” said MDOT Public Involvement and Hearings Officer Bob Parsons.

Construction is set to take place in late 2015, early 2016, officials said.

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Legal Aid and Defender Association and Southfield Human Services will hold a clinic on expunging criminal records.

The free clinic, held at noon at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, will focus on helping individuals remove offenses from their criminal records.

The state of Michigan allows for expungement, or removal from the public record, of records of single criminal convictions after five years, according to Legal Aid.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — While it has been about two months since the record rainfall of Aug. 11 flooded cars, homes and business across metro Detroit, major cleanup is still underway.

On Sept. 25, President Barack Obama issued a major disaster declaration, triggering the release of federal funds that are available to flood victims.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield High School Marching Blue Jays don’t like to toot their own horns, but they have reason to lately.

After taking first place in every category at the Shaw High School Battle of the Bands in East Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 20,  the band members are currently perfecting their steps in preparation for the Oak Park High School Battle of the Bands Oct. 18.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — “When adults give their time to small children, they become celebrities,” said City Librarian David Ewick.

The Celebrity Readers program is again putting local, everyday adults in the spotlight as it returns to schools for its fourth year.

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